8th of June was World Ocean’s Day. During this period, the contributions to public education include:
5th June 2009 – The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore’s Zone and Site Captains (ICCS Otters) met to finalise sites and participation for ICCS2009. Registration by veterans has all but saturated sites but Changi and Chek Jawa can accommodate new groups. While site recces, site swapping and assisting year-round cleanups to get settled is ongoing, the next big thing on the ICCS calendar is the Organiser’s Workshop.
6th June 2009 – workshop/seminar at the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore symposium, “A Vision of Hope“: – “Nurturing the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) programme – how a small group of volunteers manage the largest and longest running environmental programme in Singapore,” by N. Sivasothi. See the News from the ICCS blog for details. Various other speakers
7th June 2009 – SPROUTS Workshop – “Blog for a cause,” by Kenneth Pinto, Ria Tan and N. Sivasothi. Introduced youth to past and current issues in the nature/environment communication, blogging basics and how WildSingapore generates and integrates community information.
8th June 2009 – Filming at Lim Chu Kang mangroves with IFA Films for a feature on the marine debris issue for The VOX, a factual and lifestyle series for Channel NewsAsia.
9th June 2009 – talk at Republic Polytechnic’s Science Camp: “Waste to Resources” – “Marine Life in Singapore and the threat of marine debris,” by N. Sivasothi. Students at the camp participated in a cleanup at Lim Chu Kang mangroves coordinated by Dr Amy Choong. RP staff and students will be participating in the ICCS at the same site in September.
– N. Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman